Winter Bouldering Wrap Up- Bouldering season isn’t near over but winter bouldering, proper cold weather snow and sunsine so crisp your digits my snap off cold bouldering is probably behind us. Here are some cold memories from Jan/Feb in the Peak
Ah…Peak District. Wish I was up there today. But responsibility beckons. Another day. This is Will on Crack and Arete, a V3 at Newstones. He sent.
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Kinder Scout across the Staffordshire Moorls from Newstones. I love Staffordshire. I think the moorlands around The Roaches/Newstones/Ramshaw etc., i.e. the Leek vicinity, is my favorite place in the Peak.
Great day on the Staffordshire Moors at Newstones. This is Mary on ‘Crack and Arete’, a thuggish V3 just by the classics ‘Ripple’ and ‘Martin’s Traverse.’ It was a cold but very good day. Perhaps the light dusting of snow deterred the crowds, or perhaps everyone was at the nearby Roaches, but we only encountered one other climber(!). Far cry from the masses and ques of the Plantation. Anyhow, had a great day and the bright sun/sheltered aspect of the crag kept the chill from detracting from our day. Need to go back and finish a few problems when stronger.
Crimping (by zach.stone)
Pebble wrestling. First time in 3 weeks not to spend the weekend in the Peak. Sad, but needed break. North Wales is on the horizon
Last Pitch (by zach.stone)
Hamish having a go on the legandary ‘Valkerie’ VS 4c. Much bolder than it looks and quite exposed. I remember seconding it and being scared to death.
From The Roaches (by zach.stone)
Had a great weekend at the Whillans Hut below the Roaches despite the ferocious wind and occasional rain. Climbed seven routes, squeezed in a run, and had a great time with the OUMC people. Each evening the sun would taunt us with weather we wished we had 2-3 hours earlier. The Whillans hut is a treat for those who havn’t experianced it. Built into a cave/cliff ‘Rock Hall’ is a lovely, if cold, hut.
Black and White Elegy (by zach.stone)
Done with DPhil apps for the weekend and off to The Roaches where I will not even consider climbing Elegy. Or anything harder than VS in probablity. But still, foul weather and all, two days in the hut with good friends will be nice
Not to be taken away (by zach.stone)
And here is one of the climbing ones. Apparently the crux of Not To Be Taken Away is the first couple moves. Anyhow, it is about the nicest looking line I have seen a bit. Too hard for me, though.
From Stanage (by zach.stone)
Sunday morning at Stanage. Was a lovely but cold cold day. May put up climbing pics later. I have really enjoyed how the frost has looked the last few days.
Elegy (by zach.stone)
My boy Ian Cooper fully commited on Elegy in the Peak last summer. Strong work for his weekend back from completely shattering his ankle falling off Master’s Edge. He and another Oxford climber, Jenni, raised a buncha money for Mountain Rescue by climbing a vertical kilometer yesterday @ Cheddar Gorge. 10x100m @ c. 6b. Strong work by he two of them.
T-Crack (by zach.stone)
Am well psyched that bouldering season will be upon us when I get home.
T-Crack (by zach.stone)
I am going to start posting lots more climbing pix as the weather starts to get good and I start to get psyched on climbing again. This is Ian on T-Crack, a nice hard problem at Cratcliffe.
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